17 Jan Media Release: Corpus Sanchez report should be shelved

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Corpus Sanchez report should be shelved, says Health Network

Halifax, NS – The review of the provincial health care system should be shelved, says the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.

“The Minister’s support for this report, which will damage our public health care system, shows how out of touch this government is with Nova Scotians,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.  “The report should be shelved and a broad public consultation process should be started.”

The report threatens 26 ERs around the province with closures or reductions in hours of service and threatens 31 of 44 health facilities under the jurisdiction of the District Health Authorities with reductions in diagnostics and laboratory services according to documents prepared by the Health Network.

“The provincial government is seeking to privatize our health care system by outsourcing services and bringing in a number of P3s,” says Buott.  “They also want to change the status of many rural hospitals and turn them into community health centres while simultaneously reducing the number of services available at these locations.”

The report did not consult with the general public at all and none of its recommendations have any meaningful role for citizen engagement in the decision making process.

“The people of Nova Scotia have not been consulted in the preparation of this radical turn towards privatization,” says Buott.  “The report should be shelved and a wide consultation process, designed to determine what Nova Scotians want their health care system to look like, should begin immediately.”

“The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network will be mobilizing the supporters of the public health care system to defend the public system, stop privatization and ensure local service delivery remains a reality in rural communities,” says Buott.

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For more information and to obtain copies of the Health Network report on hospitals please contact:

Kyle Buott
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
Work – (902) 406-9422
Cell – (902) 478-0239

About the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network:

Formed in 1996, the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network’s goal is to stop the privatization of the public health care system, ensure high levels of care, and create a forum for people and communities to discuss issues in health care.

The Network is a coalition of community groups, organized labour, faith groups and individuals dedicated to protecting and advancing public health care to include services like pharmacare, dental care and long-term and home care.

The Network is political but non-partisan and receives no government funding.